The School Library Journal's Top 100 Children's Novels #86
Title: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Author: J.K. Rowling
Genre: Juvenile Fiction, Fantasy
The Recipe: Harry returns to another year at Hogwarts to discover something is awry in the castle. Students are attacked and creepy messages are left on the walls stating that the Heir of Slytherin has returned and plans to unleash the monster from the Chamber of Secrets, hidden inside the castle. Harry and his friends must discover who is behind the attacks and what lurks within the mythical Chamber-before it is too late.
The Frosting and Sprinkles: The Chamber of Secrets has always been one of my favorite in the series. We start to see how heinous Voldemort's plan is-not just to rid the world of Harry, but to rid the world of Muggles and Half-bloods (though he himself is a half-blood...one of the many creepy resemblances Voldemort has to Hitler.) Not only does the plot become much deeper, but we see the characters begin to grow and develop with more depth. Yet, the Chamber of Secrets still holds onto the innocence of the first book.
Ron is probably my favorite character in the series (the movies do NOT do his character justice. I could write a whole blog on this rant, but I will spare you.) In The Chamber of Secrets he shines, becoming bolder with his peers yet remains a dork (that's why we love him) and spits out his hilarious lines ("Spiders! Why couldn't it be follow the butterflies?!") We see his sweet side as he is protective of is little sister and of Hermione when she is called ugly names.
Harry starts learning and accepting who he is-an important theme throughout the series. It really takes off in this novel.
Dobby, the lovable house elf is introduced!
The Chamber of Secrets is a page turner like the previous novel in the series. OK, spoiler: they are ALL page-turners! This one has lots of plot twists.
The Hair That Fell Into the Batter: None
5 Out of 5 Cupcakes!